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Legal news from Wednesday, May 3, 2006
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the Moussaoui sentencing trial [JURIST news archive; case docket] has recommended that Zacarias Moussaoui be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release. Moussaoui pleaded guilty [JURIST report] last year to six conspiracy charges [indictment] in connection with the Sept. 11 terror attacks [JURIST [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Communications Commission [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday voted to require [PDF news release] broadband and Internet phone companies to cover the costs of providing mandatory wiretap [JURIST news archive] access to law enforcement authorities. The order will likely result in a wiretapping tax on [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US government Commission on International Religious Freedom (CIRF) [official website] on Wednesday called for increased action to combat decreasing religious freedom in former Soviet republics Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] and Turkmenistan and for more monitoring of Belarus and Russia [JURIST news archive]. In its annual report [PDF text], [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the jury in the Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] sentencing trial [case docket] has reached a verdict after deliberating for seven days. Moussaoui pleaded guilty [JURIST report] to six conspiracy charges [indictment] last year. The jury has already determined that Moussaoui is eligible for the [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Wednesday ruled that the state of emergency decree [Proclamation 1017 text] issued by Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website] in February was constitutional, but struck down portions of the proclamation and its implementing order [GO 5 text] authorizing the military [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [OYEZ profile] has blasted recent suggestions that a watchdog post be created to oversee conduct of federal judges. Ginsburg said the judiciary was "under assault" and called for lawyers to defend judges against such changes in an appearance Tuesday before the American [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court has denied the appeal [press release] of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], saying it could find no grounds to reconsider Khodorkovsky's eight-year prison sentence [JURIST news archive]. Khodorkovsky's lawyers have said they will continue the appeals process [MBK backgrounder], petitioning [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Wednesday released [press release] a report [text] it has submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture [official website] detailing widespread torture and inhumane treatment [JURIST news archives] of prisoners at US detention sites around the world and at facilities in the United States, saying that [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Government officials in Yemen have said that three newspapers shut down after they republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] may resume operations. The three papers, including the English-language Yemen Observer [media website] were closed and their licenses suspended [Article 19 protest letter, PDF] earlier this year [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, Uganda's second key witness in the treason case against opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] has admitted to perjury under cross-examination by Besigye's lawyers. Migadde Ssemakula, who claims he is a lieutenant with Uganda's intelligence gathering Internal Security Organization (ISO), admitted that [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The release of a revised US Army Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation [current text] has been delayed while Defense Department [official website] officials continue to debate whether a portion of the manual should remain secret. Discussions have been underway for over a year on updates to the field manual, [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [official website] said Tuesday that a filibuster [Senate backgrounder] is possible for two of President Bush's nominees to federal appeals courts, White House aide Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] and federal judge Terrence Boyle [US DOJ backgrounder]. Kavanaugh has been nominated to [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] on Wednesday called off its talks with Serbia [JURIST news archive] over the country's possible accession [EU materials] into the EU over Serbia's failure to arrest and turn over war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US House and Senate on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation [press release] to renew the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [text, US DOJ backgrounder], which prohibits voter discrimination based on race or color. Although most of the act is permanent, three sections, including a requirement that states [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented [speech text] his recommendations [UN press release] for a global counter-terrorism strategy to the UN General Assembly Tuesday, emphasizing the need to respect human rights in all aspects of anti-terrorism policy and practice. The defense of human rights constituted the fifth part of [read more]

05:05 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for President Vicente Fox [official website, in Spanish] said Tuesday that the Mexican leader will sign a controversial new law legalizing the possession of small portions of such traditionally-illegal drugs as heroin, cocaine and marijuana. The legislation is viewed as a progressive move in the country's war [read more]

03:05 EDT

[JURIST Europe] European and US envoys meeting in Paris Tuesday discussed a new UN Security Council resolution that would invoke Chapter 7 [text] of the UN Charter [text] in another effort to get Iran to stop uranium enrichment. The Council directed Iran to stop enrichment in a resolution in late [read more]

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